I am a current PhD candidate with the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, studying the spot form of net blotch (Pyrenophora teres f. maculate) in barley.
Prior to undertaking my PhD, I completed two undergraduate degrees: in Biomedical Sciences and Nursing from Murdoch University. I then completed my master’s degree in Infectious Diseases from the University of Western Australia. Conducting thesis research under Dr Erica Parker with the Department of Health analysing the epidemiological and health impacts of the current syphilis outbreak in Perth and the long-term implications of syphilis in pregnancy.
PhD Project Title: A model system to seek out common elements for host resistance to cereal diseases
Supervisors: Dr Simon Ellwood & Dr Pao Theen See
The project aims to uncover common factors as well as novel insights of cereal infections possessed by spot form net blotch. This will allow for the discovery of new genes and pathways involved in the pathogen-host interactions. The project will further explore parallel gene function in crops through comparative genomic approaches together with gene attributes through sub-cellular localisation and interactions with other genes and signalling pathways.